Venus von Willendorf

Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, October 17, 2014 – January 7, 2015

Collection: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

About Otto Piene

A founder of the 1960s Dusseldorf-based Group Zero, Otto Piene is best known for his paintings made with smoke and fire. Called Rauchbilder (smoke pictures), Piene applied solvent to pigmented paper and lit it on fire, developing images in the residual soot. Piene also created outdoor “figures” made from smoke that floated overhead—what he coined as “Sky Art”—including Olympic Rainbow, a project created for the ill-fated 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. For nearly 20 years, Piene served as the director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in 2008, with Heinz Mack and Mattijs Visser, he co-founded the International ZERO Foundation to archive documents, projects, and images produced by the famous Dusseldorf collective.

German, 1928-2014, Laasphe, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
2016
Otto Piene - Figure in Motion, Galerie Thomas, Munich
2015
ZERO: LET US EXPLORE THE STARS, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Silentium, Galerie Schwarzer, Düsseldorf
2016
2016
Otto Piene - Figure in Motion, Galerie Thomas, Munich
2015
Otto Piene. Le rouge et le feu, Galerie Schwarzer, Düsseldorf

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
STRATEGIES AGAINST CLAY, PLUTSCHOW GALLERY, Zurich
2016
Carol Bove meets Zero, Galerie Koch, Hannover
2016
Zero 2.0, Galerie Kellermann, Düsseldorf
2016
Recent Acquisitions Spring 2016, Ludorff, Duesseldorf
2015
HORIZONS, PLUTSCHOW GALLERY, Zurich
2015
40 Jahre - 40 Meisterwerke, Ludorff, Duesseldorf
2015
À bout de souffle, Cortesi Gallery, Lugano
2015
ZERO: LET US EXPLORE THE STARS, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2015
Gallery Artists - New works, Galerie Leu, Munich
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